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Mesir Wat (Ethiopian Lentil Stew)

Pavani
Mesir wat is a hearty and comforting Ethiopian red lentil stew. It is flavored with homemade Berbere spice blend. Serve with Injera for a delicious meal.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine ethiopian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 165 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 Medium Onion, finely chopped
  • 1" Ginger piece, finely grated
  • 2 Garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 Green Chilies, slit
  • ½ cup Tomato puree
  • 1 ~ 2 tbsp Berbere Spice blend
  • To taste Salt
  • ½ cup Red lentils/ Masoor dal, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp Lemon juice

Instructions
 

To Cook in Instant Pot:

  • Heat Instant Pot on 'Saute' mode. Add oil, onions, ginger, garlic and green chilies, cook till onions are translucent, about 3~4 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups of water*, lentils and salt. Mix well.
  • Turn off the Saute mode and turn the IP on manual/ pressure cook mode.
  • Cook for 6 minutes with the venting knob in sealing position.
  • Wait for the pressure to reduce naturally.
  • Open the lid and mix well to combine. If the mixture looks too thick, add ¼~½ of water and simmer till heated through. Stir in lemon juice and mix well. Serve hot!!

To Cook on Stove Top:

  • Heat oil in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Add onions, ginger, garlic and green chilies, cook till onions are translucent, about 3~4 minutes.
  • Add 2 cups of water and lentils, bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Lower the heat and simmer covered until lentils are cooked through, tender and creamy, this will take about 15~20 minutes.
  • Season with salt and lemon juice. Mix well and serve hot over injera or as is.

Notes

  • To added extra flavor, use low-sodium vegetable stock instead of water.
  • Depending on the spiciness of the berbere spice blend used, you can use more green chilies to make the stew spicy.
  • Stir in lemon juice before serving for a delicious finish.
  • Leftovers taste great the next day. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Warm before serving.